Key Persons

JFK researchers need to be aware of a recently added and very valuable digital resource that has become available at the website for the National Archives and Records Administration.

“Entry 9: Records Relating to ‘Key Persons’” is a large file (the actual paperwork occupies 30 feet of shelf space) relating to the 552 witnesses who testified before the Warren Commission, gave depositions, or made affidavits. Entry 9 also contains records of other persons who were significantly involved in the investigation. Every name has a folder of its own, and some individuals have multiple folders. In all, there are nearly 1,000 such folders that formerly were accessible only through an in-person search at the NARA’s College Park facility.

Each name folder – from John Abt to Abraham Zapruder – now can be examined, enlarged, and copied online. Simply go to the name you are searching for and click on the “National Archives Identifier” number to the left of it. Clicking on that will bring up that person’s folder, which you can then scroll through to read the documents held there. The NARA could not tell me how many total pages are involved here, but a brief look at several names indicates that putting a shortcut on your desk top will keep you salivating for a long time.

The feature was introduced on November 22, 2013, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the assassination.

Happy searching at: http://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/finding-aids/jfk-key-persons.html

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